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House Improvements

Tips for Remodeling Your Home

When you decide on remodeling your home, there are some tips you can follow to make it the best experience possible. When remodeling your home, prices should not matter when it comes to the quality of your home. However, there are some things you and do to make it as wallet friendly as you can.
If you are always debating whether to remodel your home, just start by doing a little bit at a time. This is especially for the family that wants to do a big project. Split your project into different phases, and when you are paid, buy a little bit at a time.
Deciding your budget is a key element to think about, when you are wanting to remodel your home. Every home project needs a budget. Even if you do not plan on doing a lot, or only doing one room. You still need to come up with the budget. When knowing your budget, you can focus on what you can buy and when you can buy it. If you do more than one room, keep your budget, and do one room at a time to ensure not breaking the bank.
Get creative when doing some remodeling. You do not necessarily have to buy all new things when redoing your home. Refreshing your items can mean saving lots of money. Home improvement stores carry many items that can be used to transform older items into better working, and newer looking items. Refinish your older furniture, and re-stain your hardwood floors if you have them. Many people do not opt in refreshing older items; they stick with buying new items. You do not always have to spend extra money on hiring anybody to do this for you either. There are lots of books, and videos to look at to find out how to do these things the right way. There are many little things that add up to big results when redoing your older things.
Get ideas and get inspired by different items you see. Get ideas from the internet. If something jumps out at you, use that item for something. Some of the smallest of items can make a huge difference in remodeling your home. Make it fun for you and your family. This will ensure you to get to going with your project, if it is fun and simple. Allow your whole family to jump in and help with certain projects.
When you want to remodel your home, always think ahead. You may want to resale your home one day. Make sure with whatever you do, it will make for a great way to resale your home, and add value to it. Buyers will want a home that is well laid out, and appears very attractive. Always consider changes that are not permanent. Make sure that the things you do to your home can be altered.
Remodeling your home can be a job for you and the family. However, it can be a good thing to make for a better living space for you and if there is ever a possibility you want to resale, it can be a sufficient project. Remodeling a home requires perseverance. Always stick to your budget, and have a plan before you ever start. Good luck and happy remodeling.

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Renovation House

Bow Windows – Gain Space and a Larger View With a Window Remodeling Idea

Winter can be a beautiful season, but its pleasures are often best enjoyed from the warm interior of our homes. That’s where beautiful bow windows come in. You can sit by the window, comfy and warm on cushions, hot cocoa in hand, all the while watching snowflakes fall or the cardinals and chickadees at the birdfeeder. So, if you have a room that seems to need “something” and you have been planning a renovation that involves replacement windows, consider some of the many benefits of installing a room expanding bow window.
Bow windows are perfect for living rooms, kitchens, sitting rooms, dining rooms, or even master bedrooms. Consisting of a series of four, five, or six identical windows, the bow window gently curves out from a wall, creating a kind of panoramic effect on the view outdoors while offering convenient and gracefully curved seating or floor space indoors. The addition of a bow window actually extends room size, but it also appears to bring the outdoors in without the expense of a sunroom. Your room will be awash with natural light.
And contrary to popular opinion, an expanse of glass in a stylish bow window does not make a room cold. In fact, new advances in glass and framing technologies actually make this energy efficient home remodel a smart idea.
Low-E (low-emissivity) is a thin layer of transparent metallic material that’s applied to window glass for insulating purposes. Renewal by Andersen windows, for example, have nine layers of metallic materials. This Low-E coating helps to prevent heat loss in your home by acting as reflective shield, pushing radiant heat that tries to pass through the glass back to the source it originates from. That means, come winter, the metallic coating holds warm air generated in your house inside, preventing it from escaping out through the glass. The result is a warm and cozy room-with an impressive view!
So while there is more “window” in your room, today’s window glass meets or exceeds all of the rigorous energy-efficiency standards as set out by federal regulations through the Energy Star ratings. If you have been following some of my previous articles, you will know that the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) energy performance label can help you determine how well your windows will perform in terms of their U-factor, SHGC, how they block out wind, and resist condensation.
Concerned about drafts? Air can rush in through gaps between the window frames and wall, as well as between the window frame and glass window panes. Today’s major window manufacturers have created some amazing new composites for window frames that boast great insulating properties, so multiple side-by-side windows won’t let in any drafts.
Wood and vinyl hybrids like Fibrex from Renewal Windows (made by Andersen) have half the Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) of regular vinyl and are much closer to a home’s wood framing. The CTE describes how the size of an object changes with a change in temperature.
You may ask why that matters. If a window frame reacts to changes in temperature differently than the wall where it is attached, then small gaps are created that increase over time and allow drafts in. Wood and vinyl composite window frames respond to changes in temperature very similar to the way your house does; they expand and contract together as the weather changes. That means no gaps or cracks will appear, so your windows stay airtight and foggy windows will be a thing of the past.
So let the cold winds blow! Between today’s composite window frames and Low-E glass technology, your house will stay comfortable all winter long, and you can significantly cut your energy bills while you’re enjoying the view.
As an added bonus, today’s composites offer the real look of wood, both inside and out, so the exterior of your home will also benefit from the addition of a beautiful bow window. Now, all you have to do to make the picture complete is get your landscape in order!

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Bathroom Remodel

Home Remodeling Ideas – Wall Aquariums

Keeping pets, like many things, can be quite the double edged sword. On the one hand they can make great companions and be lots of fun but, on the other, some are noisy, messy and take a great deal of looking after.
A home aquarium is a different story. Not only can you have pets that can be left alone while you go on a weekend break but fish won’t bite the mail man either. Better still, in many aquarium aficionados’ eyes their fishes’ home is actually a marvellous addition to your home’s d?�cor.
For years luxury hotels and restaurants have been using built in, rather than free standing aquariums to house their fish. Now that trend is moving into residential homes as well.
There are two basic types of wall aquariums for home installation. The first option is to buy a tank that attaches to the wall in much the same way as a plasma TV does. If this idea appeals to you it is a fairly inexpensive solution but just make sure you hire a professional to install it. If the wall you choose is not strong enough to hold the tank the results could be disastrous, for both your home and the poor fish.
A slightly more expensive but often more secure and attractive solution is to build the aquarium into the wall itself. When a professional remodeling contractor or carpenter replaces part of the wall to accommodate the aquarium the results are usually stunning. People can easily view the fish and their habitat from both sides, and also in some cases look through the aquarium itself to see the room on the other side.

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Renovation Costs

Choose Green Home Remodeling and Let the Sun’s Energy Power Your Home

When considering a green home remodeling project, think of the sun. Now is a perfect time to consider switching to a renewable energy source such as solar power. Many homeowners don’t consider solar because they think it too expensive, unreliable, or complicated. However, solar panels have improved greatly in the last 20 years. They are smaller, more efficient and reliable, less expensive, and easier to obtain.
Solar energy creates no pollution and it’s free. While solar panels themselves are not free, they’re a very effective long-term investment. A variety of local, federal and state tax credits and incentives can cut the expense by as much as 50 percent. If you generate more power than your home uses, you can try selling the extra power to your local utility. You can also rent your solar panels, reducing your initial cost, and letting you pay for the rental from energy savings.
Many homeowners erroneously believe that solar power will provide reduced power at certain times or will require expensive batteries. Solar systems can create power on cloudy days, although they generate more on sunny days. Because most solar panels are tied to the electrical grid, a process called net metering allows you to build up credit during the day – when your system is generating more power than you need – and draw on that credit at night. If your home is too isolated for a grid connection, you may want to consider a generator or a battery back up.
Before you sign on for solar there are a couple of considerations. First, check your utility bills; if they are already low for your area, solar panels might not be a good investment. Next, see how much sun hits your roof every day. If your roof is shaded for much of the day, you might not be a good candidate or you may need to trim some trees. Finally, see if your roof has a southern exposure. Other exposures work, but they may be somewhat less efficient or more expensive.
Good installers can evaluate your home’s potential for solar power and make estimates for costs. As with any green home improvement project, it pays to get bids from a number of contractors. Choose a company that is experienced and licensed.

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Home Contractors

Current Home Remodeling Trends

Some home remodeling trends never change. People are always looking towards home improvement to do one of two things. They either want to increase the value of their home or they simply want to make their living space more comfortable, functional and beautiful. The two main areas that seem to get most of the attention are the bathroom and the kitchen, and the easiest way to go about it is by simply updating everything. That means better mirrors and counters in the bathroom. Perhaps some additional and attractive lighting can be added as well. In the kitchen it’s the same thing. Better counters, lights, cabinets and appliances all the seem to get most of the attention. Some will go even further and add an island.
But if you are looking for trends, consider this. It seems like most of the projects going on right now are designed with the homeowner in mind. That means big upgrades for the sake of making the home more livable. The upgrades come in the form of either making something more attractive or more functional. In a struggling economy people are spending their money on things that will improve their life as it is right now, rather than thinking of moving or taking a nice vacation.
Expanding existing space is also becoming trendy. Again, bettering your current home is taking priority, and in almost all cases is less expensive, than looking for a new place to live. Adding space can mean anything from creating another bedroom to adding what might be termed luxury space. That would include things like a library, wine cellar or even a craft room.
Taking the home comfort theme even further is the colors that are being selected now. You’ll find that most projects are geared towards adding more natural colors that make the occupant feel “at home” and comfortable. Earthy colors are definitely in. In fact even if you get high quality paint, painting is one of the least expensive ways to make your home look and feel better both inside and out.
Home remodeling has become a trend in and of itself. Where people once were looking to move, they are now looking for ways to make their current home more appealing. And by doing so they are, in most cases, adding value to the property as well.